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Halloween II (1981)

6.51 h 33 min1981X-Ray18+
Michael Myers tracks down Laurie Strode.
Rick Rosenthal
Jamie Lee CurtisDonald PleasenceCharles Cyphers
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Miss_NocturnaReviewed in the United States on July 16, 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
Love it!
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In addition to reviewing the first (original) Halloween movie I thought I’d travel on over here and grant another 5 stars to this Blu-ray. I watched Halloween 1&2 profusely as a child when my Mom was an avid VCR recorder and now, seeing it in such superb quality is wonderful and a great bringer of nostalgic feelings.

The price is cheap for such good quality. Plus seeing the extra deleted scenes that I hadn’t ever seen before were a plus!
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JamesReviewed in the United States on September 8, 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
You don't know what death is...
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Movie review:
Halloween 2 (1981) is a great sequel to a classic film, and its by far my favorite sequel in the Halloween franchise. The story picks up directly following the events of the first Halloween. Laurie (Jamie Lee Curtis) is taken to completely empty Haddonfield Memorial Hospital, and Michael will stop at nothing to kill her. Donald Pleasance gives a great performance as the unhinged Dr Loomis, who is relentlessly tracking down Michael. Jamie Lee Curtis isn't given much to work with, since Laurie is under sedation for most of the film. The gore is definitely ramped up for this sequel, and the effects look great.

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The Shout Factory Blu Ray looks and sounds fantastic. This release is packed full of extras. Multiple commentaries, making of features, trailers, and more. Also included is the TV cut of Halloween 2.

I would highly recommend this Shout Factory Blu Ray.
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mcghoulsonReviewed in the United States on June 9, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
more of the night he came home!
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I generally don't bother buying steelbooks because I think for the price their not really worth it but this is an exception. this 4K transfer from the good old shout factory is just great! this is the best quality transfer I have seen of this film. this sequel is my favorite of all the halloween series. I even prefer it over the original halloween. now, I know a lot of people will disagree with me but I don't care much what other people think. I know there are fans who would agree with me. this movie has what, in my own personal opinion, things that the original lacks. halloween is a masterpiece, there's no doubt, but for a slasher film, it being the first, it just doesn't make sense to have little or no blood in it. I like a good dose of reality. people say you don't need gore to make a good film. that is true, hitchcock's psycho is a great example of this, the grand-daddy of slasher films. there wasn't much blood in it, basically just in the shower scene, but that was 1960. they couldn't really get away with much because of the censors. things have changed a lot since then. now you can get away with almost anything, just release it unrated. halloween 2 was written to keep up with the current trend of horror movies made in the early 80's. I liked the added use of graphic violence and gore. call me what you will but I enjoyed this film more than the first. I love dick warlock's michael myers! donald pleasence was just awesome in this film! my favorite line of his is, "you don't know what death is!", classic! jamie lee was great as always. all the other aspects of this movie were all done well. I couldn't ask for a better halloween sequel. the rest in the series I think all suck, except for halloween 2018, which I think is the best sequel since the original halloween 2. I love this movie! I highly recommend it. long live halloween 2 and michael myers!
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TechnoMachinima1996Reviewed in the United States on November 6, 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
It still holds up as a completely worthy sequel/follow up to the first Halloween movie.
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This Halloween movie was in fact the first one that I ever saw. As a kid I enjoyed this movie for a great scare or two but not having seen the first before it, I didn't totally know what was going on in the movie. That didn't ruin the fun of watching it, however.

They truly upped their game with this sequel. What one first notes is that even though this movie was made 3 years after the first(1981), it in fact continues to take place in 1978 to pick up where the first movie left off including a bit of flashbacks of the first Halloween to both refresh one's memory but also to get themselves ready for what is to come next.

More about how they upped their game was, the gore and great kills were more emphasized plus more sex and nudity, a bit of camp, plus a much greater example of what Michael Myers is totally capable of.

First of all, the hospital setting proved a perfect setting as it raised the suspense in terms of where and how Michael was hiding, where he would pounce next, and what readily available tools he would be using to his advantage on his victims. Michael's intensity and how terrifying a presence he is is intensified a whole lot this time whatwith his no nonsense way of killing his victims grows even stronger.

Jamie Lee Curtis not only puts in twice the strong performance as Laurie Strode in this sequel, but she continues to look gorgeous and sexy along with several other actresses in this that give way to some satisfying Halloween eye-candy.

Donald Pleasance also upped his game in his return performance as Dr. Sam Loomis. His intense desire to stop Michael at any cost plus stress and fear that he faces while doing all he can to just keep his focus while putting himself before others, makes for one great Ahab to root for.

The cinematography is still gorgeous and shows a feeling of dread as well in the outside shots that we get of the neighborhood in Haddonfield. One of the best parts of the horror is amidst all of the beautiful shots of the hospital is how a seemingly safe and friendly environment comes a total sense of fear and lack of security.

The script was brilliantly written with very few awkward lines plus some very talented actors to fuel it.

The nudity isn't alot but it's still great nudity.

My 2 most fave kills in the movie are: Michael forcing the sexy nurse's head into the hottub water after Michael turns up the heat and even if it was off camera, I enjoyed the creativity and genius of head nurse Mrs. Alves having her blood drained out of her body by Michael.

The soundtrack is even better this time with the basic theme song and all of the creepy and weird tunes that make it more scary.

Overall, when it comes to the first Halloween(1978) and this one, you simply can't go wrong with the gore, creative kills, beautiful cinematography, sensational score, sex and nudity, strong performances from the actors, Michael being very clever in how he handles his victims, great eye-candy, intensity of the actor playing Michael, the creepy and weird music, and best of all this picks up exactly where the last Halloween left off with flashbacks. One great 80's slasher that is not to be missed. 10 stars out of 10!!!
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Jared BradleyReviewed in the United States on December 17, 2018
4.0 out of 5 stars
The Night He Went To The Hospital
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A direct sequel to the 1978 original, Halloween II is actually the first film in the franchise that I ever watched, although I saw the television edit shown on the SciFi Channel in the early 2000's (at least I think it was the Television Edit). Now, however, having seen the 1978 original and a few of the other sequels... well, it's better than most of the sequels (and the Rob Zombie reboot films), although since Halloween II was actually made by most of the original film's returning production crew and cast, it is also the closest to the original in tone and execution as well.

That being said, it does miss the mark a few times (in both edits), although I personally think that the most interesting thing about this sequel is actually the fact that it clearly is the only sequel with Michael Myers that intends for his death at the end to actually be his death. The guy burns to death after getting shot in the face on screen. Of course, this is also because John Carpenter was hoping that the Halloween franchise would become a sort of anthology series where each film told its own story. Following the backlash that Season of the Witch experienced, all future films in the franchise would feature Michael Myers and focus on his efforts to slaughter everyone who was related to him once a year on Halloween night.

As for the differences between the theatrical and television edits... well, honestly the film's story is mostly the same, and while the pacing of the television edit is clearly more slow and deliberate, this is a double edged sword. Some portions of the television edit are, well, kind of a slog, and yet others are far more suspenseful than the theatrical edit, with the lack of onscreen deaths in some areas letting the viewers use their imaginations. But again, some of the slower paced areas just come off as tedious to sit through. The theatrical cut is tighter in its pacing and gorier, but gorier isn't always better either.

Also... I'm going to be honest here, I've never cared for the whole Laurie Strode being Michael's sister plot twist. I'm glad that Halloween 2018 did away with that by making itself a direct sequel to the original, as it makes Michael Myers far more terrifying because his motives are more mysterious.

Also, the video transfer on the Blu-Ray is fantastic, and the audio sounds great. Tragically, this applies only to the theatrical version. The television edit is on the DVD and it is presented in a cropped full screen aspect ratio and mono sound. Bonus features are plentiful, including two audio commentaries, A retrospective documentary, trailers and TV spots, a collection of deleted and alternate scenes, and alternate ending, a location featurette, and the Halloween II film script on the DVD. All in all, it's a pretty great package.
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Patrick L JamesReviewed in the United States on November 13, 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
Halloween 2 more of the night he came home shout factory edition!
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Does that is awesome it includes both the original special features for the 30th anniversary and 2 new making up features into Avery fisting the set 30 years later and also includes the television version from the broadcast NBC Premiere. Not a single complaint except! even if its a 4:3 full frame cut, why not touch it up or have both films on the bluray. i though the DVD was dvd of the bluray. its a bit confusing, though if you also have the 30th Ann. ed not everthing is trasferred to shout factory deluxe set. I loved seeing the TV Cut, brought back memories of this and H1 being on tnt late after trick r treating
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joel wingReviewed in the United States on September 11, 2020
3.0 out of 5 stars
Supernatural element added to Michael Myers
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Halloween II starts off right where the first movie left off. It seems like Michael Myers was dead, but he rises up and continues on his killing spree. Jamie Lee Curtis as a survivor and Donald Pleasance as Michael’s doctor both returned to their roles. The movie was written and produced by John Carpenter who did the original, but he wasn’t the director this time. Carpenter created the serial killer genre so it was interesting to see what he would do with the sequel.

What Carpenter adds is linking Myers to Celtic myth to add some of the occult and explain his apparent supernatural ability to resist death. Of course that doesn’t mean there aren’t some typical horror movie tropes. For instance, the woman who gets naked is going to die. Curits gets in a car but it doesn’t start, etc. Still it was a good horror film overall.
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MonsterZeroNJReviewed in the United States on December 14, 2013
4.0 out of 5 stars
Sequel to Carpenter's masterpiece is a classic in it's own right.
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With John Carpenter’s Halloween a big hit, it was inevitable that there would be a sequel. And while he had no intention of directing it, Carpenter along with Debra Hill wrote Halloween II which takes place on the same night of the original, basically picking up right where the first film leaves off. The flick continues the story with an injured Laurie Strode (Jaime Lee Curtis) being taken to a hospital in Haddonfield while Dr. Loomis (Donald Pleasance) and the police scour the neighborhood for the still at large Michael Myers (stuntman Dick Warlock). But, unbeknownst to them, Michael has discovered Laurie’s whereabouts and heads to the hospital to find her, leaving a trail of bodies along the way and once there he begins to decimate the hospital staff in search of his prey. It is in this film we find Laurie is actually Michael’s other sister and he has come home to finish the job he started 15 years ago. While Halloween II is far from the masterpiece that Halloween is, it is a classic in it’s own right and in retrospect is definitely among one of the better slasher flicks of the 80s. Carpenter chose unknown Rick Rosenthal to direct and it’s hard to tell just how much of the film’s effectiveness is his, as it is said that producer Carpenter was unhappy with the film and did some re-editing and reshooting himself upping the gore and nudity quotas… which, in turn, made Rosenthal unhappy with the film. Photographed by Dean Cundey, the look of the film certainly matches the first and with Carpenter again handling the music, the atmosphere is there. The two flicks fit together quite nicely but, it’s hard to tell just how well Rosenthal did as director when Carpenter basically took over post production and added new material and rearranged sequences. The result is a solid slasher with some decent kills and gore and some nice suspense sequences as Myers stalks Laurie and the hospital staff in the dark hallways of the nearly abandoned hospital night shift. It has it’s intense moments and it certainly is a bit more brutal then the first with a much larger body count. Though, obviously it doesn’t have the first film’s finesse. The cast all perform well with Curtis once again strong as Laurie and Donald Pleasance seamlessly reprising his role as Loomis. Dick Warlock gives Michael a powerful presence and newcomers Jeff East, Leo Rossi, Ana Alicia and Pamela Susan Shoop are all suitable as hospital staff and potential victims. Who actually deserves more credit for making this sequel a solid slasher and a decent follow-up to Carpenter’s classic is not clear but, what is clear is that despite the large shoes it had to fill, Halloween II is an entertaining and effective slasher sequel that over time has come to stand on it’s own and has earned it’s own reputation as a classic. Scream Factory's restored and remastered blu-ray is a beautiful disc filled with some fun extras that they are fast becoming famous for and includes the re-editied TV version as well!
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